Figures show there’s everything to play for in Preston City Council’s local elections.Advertisement
A poll of more than 600 Blog Preston readers in our Big Preston Survey showed the largest party is the undecided voter.
Labour currently has control of the Town Hall with 35 councillors, the Conservatives have 15, the Lib Dems five and there are now two Independent Conservatives after defections from the Tories.
Our survey asked ‘In the 2019 local elections, are you likely to vote…’
Of those polled, of which 95 per cent had a PR postcode, 35.2 per cent said they were still undecided.
Labour would be the largest party with 30.7 per cent of the vote, the Tories with 13.6 per cent and ‘another party if offered’ was 8.3 per cent.
The Lib Dems polled 6.4 per cent and those saying they were not planning to vote was 5.8 per cent.
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The 2019 election will see fewer councillors elected in the city as boundary changes see some wards disappear, so nine fewer councillors will be elected.
Many established councillors are choosing to stand down and parties are moving councillors to fight in different seats.
In the 2018 local elections Labour took 48.6 per cent share of the vote, as they picked up two Fulwood seats, the Tories took 34.3 per cent, Lib Dems 15.3 per cent, UKIP 1.8 per cent and the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition took 0.1 per cent.
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This year’s local election will take place on Thursday 2 May and for those wanting to stand as candidates nomination packs are available from the city council from 25 February.
These are all the wards for the 2019 local elections in Preston, with three councillors to be elected for each ward
Lea and Larches
Ingol and Cottam
Fishwick and Frenchwood
Preston Rural East
Preston Rural North